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October 24, 2021

9/28/2021 1:26:00 PM
City of Dodgeville discusses redistributing timeline
A redistricting timeline was discussed Tuesday night at the City of Dodgeville's regular council meeting.
City clerk treasurer Laurie Aurlik informed council members that it would be a condensed timeline. Most of the counties in the state of Wisconsin have adopted a model from the Wisconsin Counties Association.
Iowa County has a nonpartisan redistricting committee that will meet to discuss the plan. The County will have a public hearing on September 21. The City of Dodgeville then has from September 22 to October 2 to approve and submit wards to the County.
The County Board will then hold a public hearing November 9 and adopt a supervisory plan via a resolution.
"I don't know how much they will change, since the population went up by approximately 200 people," Aurlik said. "It's super condensed because of the census being delayed due to COVID and it's usually a six month process."
City equipment was also another area addressed at Tuesday night's council meeting. Dodgeville Fire Department Chief Brian Whitehouse stated that he received a bid from Midwest Concrete for their concrete project for $20,000. He informed council members that he also received a verbal bid that was $3,980 above the Midwest bid. Mayor Todd Novak informed council members that they would have to proceed with the Midwest bid, as legally the city cannot accept a verbal bid.
Whitehouse also discussed the fire department's air packs. Air packs are portable air (not oxygen) tanks with regulators which allow firefighters to breathe while in toxic smoke conditions.
The Dodgeville Fire Department upgraded its air packs two years ago, and is looking to sell the used equipment. Whitehouse informed council members that since air packs are a specialty product, he requested posting information on the air packs to fire department surplus websites. There are 26 packs that would be for sale. Council members granted permission to the Dodgeville Fire Department, allowing them to sell the air packs.
Public Works Director Greg Lee informed council members of outdated excess equipment. The equipment in question includes a Ford F800 Dump Truck, a 5.5x15 trailer, pull behind grass seeder, snow blower, a Chevy 3500 and John Deere mower. Lee requested that these be placed on the Wisconsin Surplus website. Council members approved this request.
With the shortage of fireworks supplies due to COVID-19, council members received a request from Chrome/Krueger Firework for the 2022 Farmers Appreciation Day fireworks event.
Chrome/Krueger Firework is the vendor that was used for this year's event. Council members approved a preliminary approval of intent to use Chrome/Krueger Fireworks.
Council members approved consent agenda items which includes an approval of minutes from August 17, 2021, payment of bills, and appoint Patricia Rock to the Housing Authority Board.
Council members approved to go into closed session to discuss possible litigation.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting is on the calendar for Tuesday September 21, 2021.

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